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A 1957 Movie Starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier

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Dreadful

  • Aug 18, 2012
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Marilyn Monroe stars as Elsie, a London chorus girl who catches the eye of a visiting Prince (Laurence Olivier). He's in town to attend King George's coronation along with his teenage son, the King of Carpathia, with whom he is at odds, politically. Elsie comes to share a midnight supper with the Prince and ends up resolving all the problems between father and son, thus preserving world peace.

Yes, the movie really is that dumb. And annoying. I didn't care about any of the characters and, in fact, found the leads quite unlikable. Elsie is the stereotypical dumb blonde who is (of course) the smartest one in the story. Her giggly, breathy bimbo act gets very old fast. Olivier's charmless Prince is a pompous, lascivious bully who hates his own and the son is unpleasant, as well. I couldn't root for any of them and thought the plot was predictable, corny, and most of all, tedious.

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review by . January 06, 2011
There are no bimbos here.....
Lawrence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe???? It's true, this bizarre match actually took place in the 1957 film, The Prince and the Showgirl. The story takes place at the 1911 coronation of King George V of England. Olivier plays a decorous Carpathian prince, who attends the coronation with his son, the young King, and the dowager queen. When the eye of his son is snagged by Marilyn the showgirl, the Prince arranges for them to meet, and she attends the coronation with them. The prince, of course, …
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The Prince and the Showgirl is a 1957 American film produced at Pinewood Studios starring Marilyn Monroe and co-starring Laurence Olivier who also served as director and producer.

The film was released on 13 June 1957. It was written by Terence Rattigan who based the script on his play The Sleeping Prince. It is the basis for the 2011 film My Week with Marilyn.

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Director: Laurence Olivier
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 1957
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